EDMONTON, AB (February 13, 2012): Premier Alison Redford is refusing to sign on to a no new tax pledge to clarify to Albertans whether or not she will raise taxes after the next election. “The Wildrose is willing to sign a no new taxes pledge to Albertans that says we will not support any new tax increases during the next term.
Will you Premier also sign this pledge, or will you deflect and avoid talking about your post election plans to raise taxes,” Anderson asked in Question Period today. Redford failed to answer the question. The government announced its fifth straight deficit budget on Thursday with the Finance Minister explicitly stating that, “we need to look at where and how we collect our revenues,” without telling Albertans what this new revenues will be until after the election. “I don’t think anybody doubts that this government will want to raise taxes after the next election,” Anderson said. “It’s time for this Premier to stop dodging the questions and be clear with Albertans how much more will be coming out of their pay checks to cover this government’s wasteful spending.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.